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Two Sad Russians

Walter Kendrick

5 September 1985
The Confessions of Victor X 
edited by Donald Rayfield.
Caliban, 143 pp., £7.95, October 1984, 9780904573947
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Novel with Cocaine 
by M. Ageyev, translated by Michael Henry Heim</a>.
Picador, 174 pp., £7.95, February 1985, 0 330 28574 2
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... On 1 June 1948, Edmund Wilson sent to Vladimir Nabokov a copy of Volume VI of Havelock Ellis’s Studies in the Psychology of Sex, French edition. What had caught Wilson’s attention – and would surely beguile his friend – was the ‘Confession Sexuelle d’un Russe du Sud’, a pseudonymous hundred-page me moir that for more than two decades had lurked unnoticed among the appendices to Ellis’s forgotten book ...

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